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An apparel company, and alot of work...any suggestions
Yes First welcome to this web site.
Time to get organized. How can I help??
How soon will you be starting?? How large a staff??
Do you have a Location?? A Business Plan??
Do you know about SCORE?? SCORE is FREE and helps people
in business. We love Chicago,
Good luck, keep in touch, LUCKIEST
To answer you simply yes it is typical to feel like you are doing 4 or 5 things at once and yes there are outlines out there which you can follow. As Luckiest stated and always preaches everyone should have a business plan and of course SCORE offers free assistance in this manner. If you are looking for help creating your outline I would say this is a good place to start or if you would rather there are plenty of book and online resources out there to help guide you through the mayhem of owning a small business. Good luck and remember to take time to enjoy what you are doing.
Thank you for taking the time to assist me. Yes, I have a business plan of which I rewrote 5 times until I and my mentor was satisfied. I have also taken advantage of the services that SCORE provides. The area in which I believe I need more assistance would probably be in the way of organization. I have tried different methods of organization and some were a little too stringent while other were too free flowing, so I guess it is a matter of finding a happy medium. Right now, I have a staff of 3 and definitely plan to start out small so I can get a feel for things before expanding. Initially, I had planned on starting in Dec. ' 07, but the more I researched the more I realized I need to take more time to get it right. I pretty much felt being in a constant state hyper-multitasking was normal. So I guess I might be doing things right. Thank you again.
Having just got out of the apparel industry, I feel your pain.
I don't know if you have thought much about distribution, but I'll do a blatant plug for my company to help you out. I know the logistics side, and apparel involves lots of SKU's and inventory. If you decide you need some assistance, let me know
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I am a Big and Tall man who is in the midst of starting an apparel company with an emphasis on Big and Tall brands. Since I am currently the only participant in this foray, I carry the workload. This is not really a problem as I enjoy the work but do realize in order to inact growth i will need some assistance. I typically feel as if I am doing 4 or 5 things at time and was wondering is this normal? Though I typically feel ths way, I don't feel as if I am flying by the seat of my pants. My decisions are logical and risks at this point are kept to a minimum. I guess I am wondering if there is a start-up structure/outline already in place that I should be following? Something that would help to navigate the logistics and other areas of the business, especially pertaining to the start-ups. Or is it a matter of doing the best you can do with what you are given?